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The Weather Man Review Critics


Dave White Profile

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A guaranteed downer that's devoid of any upside, and free of dangerously entertaining side effects.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The Weather Man is what indie misery looks like when re-created by one of Hollywood's big studios.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    In The Weather Man, Nicolas Cage doesn't so much play a protagonist, warts and all, as he plays a protagonist who is all warts.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    This is one glum outing, with occasional pings of wry wit and hearty chuckles.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This film has moments of uncommon observation and touching insight.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 17+

Bleak comedy-drama for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film includes scenes showing a counselor's attempted seduction of his teenaged charge (the older man takes photos of the boy and asks him to take off his shirt). Characters use strong language (frequent use of "f--k," slang for male and female genitals), drink and smoke cigarettes (a 12-year-old girl smokes with her classmate). Flashbacks show the protagonist in sexual situations with women who are not his wife (including brief nudity). When a young girl is called a "Camel toe," the film includes an insert shots to illustrate the reference (as well as a real camel's foot, to pound home the point). The film is focused on family tensions, so many scenes show arguments and resentments. The grandfather is dying, so the film includes several scenes in the hospital. A character points an arrow at his wife's new boyfriend. Several men fight with one another, drawing blood.

  • Families can talk about the divorced father's misguided efforts to reunite with his family. How does Dave's own father's illness prompt him to reconcile with his wife and children? What might he do to pay more attention to what they need from him? How might Shelly's parents help her to deal more effectively with the kids' taunting at school?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Selfish, unhappy characters; children feeling abandoned by their squabbling parents; lessons learned, eventually.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Fights between men include punches and bloody faces.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Sexual scenes show breasts and adulterous activity; a man tries to seduce a teenaged boy by having him pose for pictures with his shirt off.

  • language false5

    Language: Heavy use of the f-word (over 50 instances), slang for genitals, "damn," "ass."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: McDonalds, Frosty, Big Gulp.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and brief smoking (including a 12-year-old girl smoking a cigarette).